Ayyyeee… What’s Goodie Everyone. So I got some tea and it involves A gunman killing neighbors with an AR-15 style weapon.
A man using an AR-15-style weapon shot and killed five people on Friday, including an 8-year-old an angry response to the neighbors’ request that he stop shooting in his yard while their baby was trying to sleep, Texas authorities said Saturday. The gunman then fled, prompting an ongoing manhunt.
Authorities charged Francisco Oropeza, 38, with five counts of murder and were searching for him Saturday morning, San Jacinto County Sheriff Greg Capers told multiple News outlets. Authorities believed he was about two miles from the area and were working to apprehend him, he said.
Ten people were in the Cleveland, Texas, home during the shooting. Three women, a man and an 8-year-old boy were killed, Capers said. Five others survived, including three children. The suspect was the victims’ neighbor and went to their home Friday night after they asked him to stop shooting an AR-15-style weapon in his front yard because of the noise, Capers said.
Oropeza frequently shot the gun in his yard, Capers said, and allegedly became angry when the neighbors said their baby was trying to sleep around or after 11 p.m. Authorities saw video footage of Oropeza walking up to the victims front door before going inside. “The neighbors walked over and said … ‘Hey man, can you not do that, we’ve got an infant in here trying to sleep’ or whatever,” Capers said. “They went back in their house and then we have a video of him walking up their driveway with his AR-15.” All five victims were shot in the head, he said. Two of the women who were killed were found lying on top of the surviving young children in a bedroom, “trying to protect them,” Capers told The Post by phone from the scene.
All five victims were shot in the head, he said. Two of the women who were killed were found lying on top of the surviving young children in a bedroom, “trying to protect them,” according to Capers.
Law enforcement officers responded to the Cleveland home after a report of “harassment” about 11:30 p.m. Friday, Capers told reporters early Saturday morning.
The adults were declared dead at the scene, and the 8 year old died at a hospital, according to the San Jacinto County Sheriff’s Office. The people in the house were family members, Capers said. “It’s horrific,” Capers said. “No one should ever have to look at this scene, the blood, the trauma that went on in that house.”The children were taken to a hospital and were not injured, Capers said.
The victims had moved to Cleveland from Harris County, where Houston is located. They lived in a “regular country neighborhood” known as Trails End, Capers said, estimating that their house was between 1,500 and 1,800 square feet. The shooter fled after the killings but was believed to be about 2 miles away from the home Saturday morning, Capers said. Authorities issued a warrant for Oropeza’s arrest Saturday, the news release said.
“We’re searching for him,” Capers told local news station KHOU. “We don’t believe him to be in the area.”
Credit: The Washington Post.